Love is definitely in the air today. (Or maybe it’s in the water?). In any event, a lot of women get all goo-goo eyed on Valentine’s Day, with thoughts of love, a romantic dinner, a box of chocolates, maybe some beautiful red roses. Me? I’m usually thinking “Ugh. It’s Valentine’s Day…again? When will the madness end?” Now, I’m all in favor of romance and fine dining, but the commercialization of this Hallmark Holiday has really gotten extreme. And talk about pressure!
Who needs the stress – and the expense – of trying to pull off the mother of all dates? I have a much better solution. A date with your cat! According to Yahoo News, one in five people would prefer to spend Valentine’s Day with their pet over their human partner. Now, some might not have the courage to actually make that preference known, but I say just go for it. Feel free to use this list of 8 reasons why a cat makes a better Valentine’s Day date if you need backup. Just please don’t mention my name.
Actually, make that no expectations. No need to worry about planning the most over-the-top date ever, because a cat won’t stare at you mournfully when you don’t whisk them off to Paris, or procure an entire fancy restaurant for the two of you, or hire a famous band for a private serenade (you know… all that fake stuff the Bachelor does on TV). Cats have no concept of romance, hence, no Valentine’s Day expectations.
Your moolah goes a whole lot farther when you’re buying a Valentine’s Day gift for a cat instead of a human. Forget the bling and the overpriced red roses. Just buy a couple of catnip mice, and call it a day!
No High Priced Restaurant Meals
You don’t even have to take your furry feline Valentine out to dinner to make a favorable impression. Just sprinkle a few pieces of cooked turkey or chicken on top of their favorite CANIDAE food, and they’ll chow down with wild abandon. You won’t have to share your dessert with your date, either! Unless it’s ice cream, then of course you should let them lick the bowl.
No Dressing Up
Is there anyone who really enjoys the fuss of getting all dolled up to go out? Your cat won’t care if you don’t wash your hair, shave or put on Spanx (or Manx, if you’re a dude) under fancy new duds. In fact, sweats are perfectly acceptable attire for a Valentine’s Day date with a feline. Maybe even mandatory!
You Can Stay Home
Going out on Valentine’s Day can be sheer madness – worse than shopping on Christmas Eve! Fact is, most cats prefer staying in, hanging out at home with their favorite human, over any place you could think of taking them. Which means that cuddling on the couch while watching a movie, will suit them just fine. They’ll even let you pick the flick, and won’t be mad if you go to bed early.
No “Morning After” Shame
Whether the date with your Furry Valentine went really well, or really badly, you’ll still see them the next day. And trust me, breakfast will not be awkward.
A cat’s love is simply the best gift ever. Even better, it’s given freely and unconditionally not just on Valentine’s Day, but every day.
This last one is perhaps the best reason of all to spend Valentine’s Day with a feline: they totally get that “I’m Crazy for Cats” thing you’ve got going on. And guess what? They’re purrfectly fine with it!
Roses are red
Violets are blue,
I have a Furry Valentine
How about you?
Top photo by France1978
Middle photo by The Found Animals Foundation
Bottom photo by LiebeGaby
Read more articles by Julia Williams